Bump and Grind
A bi-weekly discussion about what it takes to be a working class artist. A deep and insightful look into the blood, sweat, and glitter poured into making Pro Wrestling and Burlesque.
info_outline Bump And Grind 020: Technically Not White 07/02/2018
Bump And Grind 020: Technically Not White Ophidian the Cobra and Kate Nyx are joined by Solo Darling! On "Technically Not White", we discuss Kate's recent dealings in having her image stolen/altered. Ophidian dives into not wanting to falsely represent Egyptian and Arabic culture while Solo recounts her childhood fashion.
info_outline Bump and Grind 019: #YLCXIV Edition 03/23/2018
Bump and Grind 019: #YLCXIV Edition This week, Ophidian the Cobra and Kate Nyx have Young Lions Cup XIV finalist Omari on the podcast! They discuss getting started in wrestling and coming to America to work for CHIKARA; including what it's like to be in the room for one of Mike Quackenbush's famous preshow speeches.
info_outline Bump And Grind 017: Don't Call it a Comeback! 02/05/2018
Bump And Grind 017: Don't Call it a Comeback! Bump And Grind returns! This episode features Ophidian and long time friend of the Cobras, Billy Kumo, discussing why bump and grind went on Hiatus, Kaiju Big Battel, Fred Durst, and The Whisper/Ophidian storyline in CHIKARA.
info_outline Bump And Grind 016: #GLOBiPPV 09/06/2017
Bump And Grind 016: #GLOBiPPV In this episode, Kate and Ouroboros discuss producing the 1st ever Burlesque iPPV, GLOB. They did it. It was made. Many people get thanked. Kate also talks about performing with Ouroboros in a wrestling match and why it meant so much to her. Also, "Hard Body" Rory Gulak.
info_outline Bump And Grind 015: Wrestling vs Burlesque 08/25/2017
Bump And Grind 015: Wrestling vs Burlesque In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the creation of the upcoming Gorgeous Ladies of Burlesque show. They go into deep detail about the mindset and process of creating a Wrestling vs Burlesque show. Sorry for the audio quality. The original recording was lost to the Technology Gods.
info_outline Bump And Grind 014: The 1st Live Edition 08/02/2017
Bump And Grind 014: The 1st Live Edition In this episode, Kate and Ophidian talk touring differences between the two. Ophidian talks about his experience on the road in Denmark, Portugal, England, Spain, and The Channel Islands. Kate discusses returning back to her roots with an extended stay in Michigan. The future of Closet Champion and its new found life on twitch is somewhere in the mix too.
info_outline Bump And Grind 013: Changing of the Guard 05/11/2017
Bump And Grind 013: Changing of the Guard In this episode, Kate and Ophidian invite special guest Liberty Rose into the conversation! Ophidian talks about his experience at Welterweight Wrestling & what it was like in that locker room. Kate and Rose also elaborate on the Broad St Burlesque intern program and what it means to them!
info_outline Bump And Grind 012: Mental Health 04/26/2017
Bump And Grind 012: Mental Health In this episode, Kate and Ophidian focuses on Kate's diagnosis of borderline personality and how it effects their work, career, and home life. Discussion is had about everything from symptoms to psychiatric hospitals to how managing Kate's BPD has helped them learn to be a more successful team in their day to day.
info_outline Bump And Grind 011: Canadian Bacon 04/12/2017
Bump And Grind 011: Canadian Bacon In this episode, Kate and Ophidian are joined by Canadian burlesque performer/producer Holly Von Sinn [aka Kate's Canadian Clown Girlfriend] to talk about what it's like performing all over the world and exchange stories and anecdotes from the road. An inevitable conversation about violence in sports and the politics of burlesque follows.
info_outline Bump And Grind 010: Towers & Tassels 03/16/2017
Bump And Grind 010: Towers & Tassels In this episode, Kate & Ophidian discuss what its like to embark on a massive theatrical production. We talk the details of seeking sponsorship, the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+/Gaming/Nerd community, and creating a show that has never existed before. Also, we are sick. Sorry.
info_outline Bump And Grind 009: World Building 03/01/2017
Bump And Grind 009: World Building In this episode, Ophidian discusses the choice he made to occupy a space between reality and fantasy; Kate offers her opinion on navigating that world he built, as well as discusses what it was like to craft her own space of absurdity and equality on social media.
info_outline Bump And Grind 008: The Secret Season 02/15/2017
Bump And Grind 008: The Secret Season In this episode, Ophidian and Kate discuss the inner workings of Chikara's secret season, and what it's like for Ophidian to go from wrestling performer to trainer and costume designer. Also, they are both members of the #Xyberflock.
info_outline Bump And Grind 007: PMA/NPWD 02/01/2017
Bump And Grind 007: PMA/NPWD In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the balance of their personal and professional lives in relation to their marriage, their business, and Kate's most recent opportunity discussing burlesque history and psychology at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also, National Pro Wrestling Day is February 4th!
info_outline Bump And Grind 006: First Impressions 01/18/2017
Bump And Grind 006: First Impressions In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the how history of Burlesque and Pro Wrestling have affected public perception of the art forms. They also discuss how they've had to work and build around these public perceptions. Individually, Ophidian talks about creating the Wrestle Factory documentary "DEMYSTIFY" and how its helping break the impressions the public has about training in Pro Wrestling.
info_outline Bump And Grind 005: Indie Outfitters 01/04/2017
Bump And Grind 005: Indie Outfitters In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the how and why they started Closet Champion. Ophidian talks about working a day job while trying to start the business, Kate discusses what all goes into running your own company, and they both lament the arduous process of going through client's emails. Happy New Year!
info_outline Bump And Grind 004: Brand Identity 12/21/2016
Bump And Grind 004: Brand Identity In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the the decision to combine Kate's burlesque and music brands. They also talk Ophidian's late start on social media and the difference between types of social media brands.
info_outline Bump And Grind 002: That Time Kate Went to BurlyCon 11/23/2016
Bump And Grind 002: That Time Kate Went to BurlyCon In this episode, Kate and Ophidian discuss the differences in Wrestling and Burlesque in regards to education and critique. Also, Kate discusses BurlyCon!
info_outline Bump and Grind 001: Talent Borrows, Genius Steals 11/09/2016
Bump and Grind 001: Talent Borrows, Genius Steals Kate Nyx and Ophidian the Cobra dive deep into how they utilize other works of art to inspire what they do in burlesque and wrestling, and discuss how to pay homage without being a carbon copy.